We've had Virgin cable installed on Friday gone, over the moon and mega impressed with the performance downstairs. We've had 3 V6 boxes installed living room and two bedrooms.
The router is in the living room and we are roughly averaging 110Mb down and 5Mb up absolutely huge improvement on previous setup. Alas when I run Speedtest on iMac in bedroom it's averaging 13Mb down 4Mb up. I was wondering if I could connect V6 to iMac via ethernet cable to improve speeds. Would this be feasible and do you foresee any problems.
You cannot daisy chain devices, Ethernet works like the spokes on a bicycle wheel. At the centre is a router, the Hub3. All devices connect to it via either Cat5/6 cables or WiFi. So you need to connect your iMac to the Hub3.
I think you V6 is probably using WiFi for its connection and you want to take a cable from the unused RJ45 socket to your iMac. No go.
Now if the V6 is Ethernet cabled to the Hub3, you can take the cable going to the V6 and plug it into a network switch, then 2 new cables from the switch, 1 to the V6 and 1 to the iMac. You can get a reasonable 5 port switch for about £12 on Amazon.
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Ethernet cables are the best way of connecting network devices but are not always practicable or asthetically pleasing. Wifi is convenient but signal strength and interference can be a problem. I have used powerline adapters successfully to provide Ethernet ports and/or wifi to difficult areas. They rely upon decent house wiring and don't provide the quoted speeds but mine will happily steam hd video. They are however more expensive than Ethernet cables especially for the higher speed versions.
many thanks for your reply. Don't know how good the wiring is I'm afraid but you've given me another option to consider. The iMac is positioned directly above the router so I'll look into the ethernet cable. Regarding ethernet cables is it a case of you get what you pay for, as I said to Tudor please excuse my ignorance.
Not unless it were hundreds of metres away. In a home environment - no. Get a good quality Cat6 cable available in 10,20,30,50 metre runs reasonably cheaply.
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